It looks as though Tom Daley could be the latest victim of an online leak after he admitted to The Sun that he had cyber sex with another man.
The Olympic hero Tom Daley has admitted that he sent compromising pictures for an online “romp” with another man according to The Sun, after a video emerged of Tom stripping off. Tom told The Sun that it, “will never happen again” after he rekindled his romance with his fiancé, Dustin Lance Black.
According to reports, Tom had chatted with a guy from Liverpool, who has not be named, during a seven-month secret split from his fiance, Dustin Lance Black. The duo are now back together and have set a date for their wedding.
Fans of the loved-up pair had no idea that the couple had even split. It’s now become apparent that they split for a period of time previous to Tom’s Olympic appearance in Rio 2016 and during the production of Dustin’s latest TV project, When We Rise. Despite the split, Tom’s social media was full of pictures of the two looking happy, leading fans to believe that they were still together.
He told The Sun,
“It was the two biggest years of our lives work-wise — it was my Olympic year and Lance was filming his mini-series for ABC called When We Rise, and distance can be hard sometimes.
Tom said that he had confessed the online romp to Dustin and insists that he never physically met anyone in real life and that it was all online.
Speaking to The Sun he said,
“I’m 22 years old, and if you talk to someone through social media it is what it is. It was nothing more than that. We never physically met.
“But in the modern world this is what can happen — things are more accessible online, and distributed, and they spread like wildfire.”
The couple is now back on track and preparing for their wedding.
The person who leaked the pictures could find themselves in criminal trouble after then culture minister Ed Vaizey said image owners of leaked social media would be able to sue anyone who released pictures without the consent of the image owner.
We spoke with lawyer, Phil Gorski at Blacks Solicitors last year who told us,
“Last year there was a new piece of legislation introduced, which actually set out the specific crime of revenge porn. There is a specific charge that can be brought and so the option is there and should probably be taken if the information has been distributed to a large number of people.
“What the legislation says is that where you’ve got photographs and the phrasing is, “… of a private or sexual nature …” That doesn’t mean you have to be showing intimate body parts or anything like that. It can be in a sort of context that’s perceived to be sexual.
“If they are disclosed and it’s done without consent and the purpose of disclosing them was to cause distress or embarrassment, which when you think about it, it would be very difficult to not be the case. Then, there’s a potential crime that’s taken place.”